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Riccardi1Winter 2016

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CLS 351/HON 351 – An Odyssey in Greece: An Exploration of Ancient Greek Culture and Places (1 unit, Liberal Learning Elective in Literary, Visual and Performing Arts; Global)

Program Directors: Dr. Lee Ann Riccardi, Art/Classical Studies and Dr. Holly Haynes, Classical Studies

No Pre-Requisites, Language Requirements, or GPA Restrictions – Open to all students (including current first-year students)

This multiweek experience includes visits to the major classical sites of Athens, Olympia, and Delphi, as well as to important sites elsewhere in the ancient Greek world, such as Knossos and other Bronze Age sites in Crete. The course examines various artistic media and intellectual traditions, especially literature, philosophy, architecture, and decorative sculptural programs, in their concrete physical context, with attention to their religious and cultural functions as well as their social, political, historical, and/or artistic value.  The study of the ancient sites, focusing on the religious, political, and topographical aspects that shaped the foundation, growth and development of these important ancient places, will take place mostly on site and in the museums.  Particular emphasis is placed on the religious meaning and function of the sites in regard to rituals, festivals, and games.  At the same time, students read literary texts, especially the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, and examine the ways in which these literary works themselves developed out of religious ceremony and explored religious beliefs and images in order to contribute to or challenge social and cultural cohesion.

Greece Excursions May Include:

  • Athens: Acropolis Site, Ancient Athenian Agora, National Archaeological Museum, Acropolis Museum
  • Corinth: Acrocorinth, Corinth archaeological site and museum
  • Epidauros; Nafplion; Mycenae; Tiryns
  • Olympia museum and Olympia site
  • Hosios Loukas
  • Delphi: site, Parnassus hike, Delphi archaeological museum

Riccardi2Program Fee: TBD

  • Includes: Application Fee, Tuition/Fees (for both in-state and out-of-state students), all arrangements on land in Greece and Turkey – bed/breakfast, ground transportation, and entrances – plus insurance.
  • Does not include: Airfare, lunches and dinners, personal expenses

Payment Schedule (Cash or Check Payable to TCNJ – pending Treasurer’s approval): 

All payments should be brought to the Student Accounts office, Green Hall 119.

Refund, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy – Please review our policy statement should a student not be able to participate in the program.

Questions?  Please contact the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement at, 609-771-2596.